Adaptive symbiosis and Peake’s Presumption, or the fate of Frankenstein
Creature. Shelley, upon seeing Presumption , noted the productive attention to the Creature’s body: ‘[The Creature] presents his unearthly and monstrous person on the stage … I was much amused, and it appeared to excite a breathless eagerness in the audience’ ( The Life and Letters 95). And, as with any change, the adaptation’s increased focus on the body refocuses its textual/culturalengagements.
For its part, the novel offers a creation scene without a manic moment of triumph. ‘[M]y candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the
between these states raises
questions about the scientific taxonomies of the time, an analysis of which enables a
reconsideration of the culturalengagements of the Gothic and how it relates to the wider
fin de siècle world.
evolution are key here, but in a precise way. Darwin may seem to be the obvious figure but
Virginia Richter has noted how Aristotle’s notion of a great chain of being influenced
theories of species development from the eighteenth century. A central concern in such